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About the questions

The Driving test is changing on 4 December 2017. The questions you can be asked, and how you’ll be asked them will change.

The examiner will ask you one:

Tell me’ question (where you explain how you’d carry out a safety task) at the start of your test, before you start driving

Show me’ question (where you show how you’d carry out a safety task) while you’re driving

Show me, questions

  1. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the rear windscreen?
  2. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you wash and clean the front windscreen?
  3. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d switch on your dipped headlights?
  4. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d set the rear demister?
  5. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d operate the horn?
  6. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d demist the front windscreen?
  7. When it’s safe to do so, can you show me how you’d open and close the side window?

Tell me, questions

1. Tell me how you’d check that the brakes are working before starting a journey.

Brakes should not feel spongy or slack. Brakes should be tested as you set off. Vehicle should not pull to one side.

Manufacturer’s guide, use a reliable pressure gauge, check and adjust pressures when tyres are cold, don’t forget spare tyre, remember to refit valve caps.

3. Tell me how you make sure your head restraint is correctly adjusted so it provides the best protection in the event of a crash.

The head restraint should be adjusted so the rigid part of the head restraint is at least as high as the eye or top of the ears, and as close to the back of the head as is comfortable. Note: Some restraints might not be adjustable.

4. Tell me how you’d check the tyres to ensure that they have sufficient tread depth and that their general condition is safe to use on the road.

No cuts and bulges, 1.6mm of tread depth across the central three-quarters of the breadth of the tyre, and around the entire outer circumference.

5. Tell me how you’d check that the headlights and tail lights are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

6. Tell me how you’d know if there was a problem with your anti-lock braking system.

Warning light should illuminate if there is a fault with the anti-lock braking system.

7. Tell me how you’d check the direction indicators are working. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Explain you’d operate the switch (turn on ignition if necessary), and then walk round vehicle (as this is a ‘tell me’ question, you don’t need to physically check the lights).

8. Tell me how you’d check the brake lights are working on this car.

Explain you’d operate the brake pedal, make use of reflections in windows or doors, or ask someone to help.

9. Tell me how you’d check the power-assisted steering is working before starting a journey.

If the steering becomes heavy, the system may not be working properly. Before starting a journey, 2 simple checks can be made.

Gentle pressure on the steering wheel, maintained while the engine is started, should result in a slight but noticeable movement as the system begins to operate. Alternatively turning the steering wheel just after moving off will give an immediate indication that the power assistance is functioning.

10. Tell me how you’d switch on the rear fog light(s) and explain when you’d use it/them. You don’t need to exit the vehicle.

Operate switch (turn on dipped headlights and ignition if necessary). Check warning light is on. Explain use.

11. Tell me how you switch your headlight from dipped to main beam and explain how you’d know the main beam is on.

Operate switch (with ignition or engine on if necessary), check with main beam warning light.

12. Tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient oil.

Identify dipstick/oil level indicator, describe check of oil level against the minimum and maximum markers.

13. Tell me how you’d check that the engine has sufficient engine coolant.

Identify high and low level markings on header tank where fitted or radiator filler cap, and describe how to top up to correct level.

14. Tell me how you’d check that you have a safe level of hydraulic brake fluid.

Identify reservoir, check level against high and low markings.

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A selection of some of our reviews where we celebrate the success of our customers who have achieved their goal of obtaining a full driving licence with the driving skool.com

We say a huge thank you and be safe!

Lee is a phenomenal driving instructor. Not only does he spend time teaching you how to drive but the lessons are enjoyable and a good laugh. Bubbly, chirpy top bloke who not only taught me how to drive, but helped me grow in self confidence in general as a person. I will miss our lessons but will never forget. Thank you for getting me to where I needed to be to get my licence.

 Michelle 6th March 2019

Passed with Lee in Essex – Couldn’t recommend a better instructor; always on time, knew his stuff and made me feel very comfortable. Would absolutely go with Lee from the Driving Skool if you can, Thank you Lee.

Ant Wood 25th Feb 2019

My instructor Lee was brilliant and very accommodating to any last minute changes I had to make. The team @ the driving skool were also very helpful when it came to negotiating how many more hours I’d need after failing my first test. With some help from Lee I passed on my second attempt with just 4 minors!

Kate 15th Jan 2019

I was lucky enough to discover Mike and the Driving Skool when my wife and I moved to Chislehurst. Mike was incredibly welcoming, personal and honest, helping me to set out a realistic schedule to match my work commitments and upcoming family arrival.

He was upfront about his (very reasonable) costs and the requirements for booking both my theory and practical test, recommending West Wickham as the test centre. I’d planned to take an intensive course but, at Mike’s suggestion, ended up with a combination of weekly lessons followed by a semi-intensive week just before my test. This worked out perfectly and I was happy to pass my test on the first attempt.

During our drives, Mike was great, putting me at ease, offering support (and assertion) when needed, and all whilst being totally aware of our surroundings and in absolute control of the vehicle. He might appear laid back and relaxed but, from experience, he has outstanding reflexes!

Over the course Mike provided a number of training materials to help with the theory of driving, especially for some of the manoeuvres, and the Driving Skool have also put together a number of videos on Youtube.

About the car: I drove in Mike’s Mini diesel, it was very comfortable on the inside with leather seats and A/C for the warmer days. On the road it was smooth to drive and had enough driver assist features to help a new driver without relying on them, though it was still quite a shock taking our basic 0.8l petrol out afterwards.

At no point did I ever feel like a ‘job’, and as my confidence grew it was a pleasure talking to Mike about Chislehurst and the many community events and initiatives he gets involved with.

Overall I had a great learning experience and I’d highly recommend Mike and the Driving Skool.

Good luck and happy driving!

Ross Aubrey-Smith 3rd December 2018

It was important to me that my driving instructor was happy & relaxed. Learning to drive with Julie was fantastic and i will recommend her to others. Julies teaching methods were great. Everything was relaxed and explained well. I passed first time and I am very happy.

Jill 10th November 2018

Thank you Mike. I really enjoyed my driving lessons and passed 1st time at West Wickham

Jack 4th October 2018

I wanted a driving instructor who took the time to understand my personality and someone who didn’t rush me and put me under pressure when learning to drive. Mike was better than I expected. He was beyond patient and I never felt like I  was asking a silly question. His teaching methods were brilliant, easy to follow and understand. I would 100% recommend Mike & the driving skool.com

Tom 15th September 2018

Katie was always on time, very helpful and her teaching methods were easy to follow. Learning to drive was not as hard as i expected with Katie’s teaching style. I would highly recommend her.

Maire 19th August 2018

Availability, Patience and skill were the most important things i was looking for when choosing a driving instructor. Mike from the driving skool provided all these things. He explained everything in a simple way, clear and easy to understand. He was brilliant and a funny instructor. I wish I had found your sooner!

Ben 8th August 2018

Cannot thank Julie enough. Amazing instructor, patient and so friendly! Can’t believe I’ve passed!

Chloe Dunn 4th July 2018

Thank you very much for getting Katie through first time. Only one minor fault too, so she is really pleased. Mike is a GREAT teacher, easy going, always punctual with an added smile

Jacki Elliott 20th June 2018

Julie White you are amazing and very patient you’ve passed both my boys xxx

Dawn 25th May 2018

Thanks mike for getting my 3 sons on the road over the last 8 years and all passing 1st time at West Wickham. All the boys really enjoyed there lessons as you made them feel so comfortable and relaxed. Jamie is so happy, you are a fantastic driving instructor. Chloe’s turn next

Natalie 21st May 2018

Julie always fitted my lessons around my shifts and was also very being flexible. She has amazing patients and  put me at ease. Nothing was to much bother. She was also very friendly and easy to get along with.

Georgia 16th April 2018

Lee was amazing! He really built my confidence and was an incredible teacher and now a good friend, Thank you for helping me finally pass my test!

Sam 8th April 2018

So very happy! Highly recommend learning to drive with Katy. Best driving school ever

Jane 18th February 2018 

Lee was absolutely brilliant! He was just the instructor I needed. He was very calm, patient and understanding and extremely encouraging, as I was an extremely nervous & anxious driver. He was also very flexible when doing lessons. I thoroughly recommend!

Chloe 21st January 2018

Just passed my test at Sidcup test centre first time thanks to the help of Julie.I done a 2 week intensive course of around 4 hours a day with Julie. She is a fantastic instructor and has the patience of a saint. I had never driven before and she really explains everything in great detail to really get you understanding the car and the roads. Everyday I felt more and more confident in my abilities. She has some fantastic tips and tricks for all the maneuvers and made the whole experience and incredibly enjoyable one. I would recommend everyone to use The Driving Skool as they have been great from start to finish. Thanks again Julie for all your help.

James Paine 20th November 2017

I managed to pass my test at the first attempt in West Wickham today. Mike was a great instructor for me! Lessons were done at a pace suitable to my needs, whilst also being challenging and good fun. I couldn’t recommend Mike any more highly. Thanks for all of your help!

Tom Marle 13th November 2017

Thank you the driving skool and especially my Instructor Julie. She was extremely patient with me and made learning to drive a lot of fun. Thanks Julie for everything!

Sarah 3rd November 2017.

I cannot recommend the driving School enough. Mike was great and finding the perfect instructor for me. Julie was brilliant and teaching me in a way that I understood and I was able to pass today with only 3 minors! Any one looking for lessons should definitely use the driving school!

April Alabi 9th October 2017

Passed my driving test first time during university summer with only two minors all thanks to Mike at the Driving Skool!

Barney Edmond’s 15th Sept 2017

After 4 months of lessons, I passed my driving test first time. Sukh was my driving instructor, and he was nice, professional and very helpful right from the start. Would highly recommend the driving skool.

Roy Long 11 September 2017

I passed my driving test first time last week with only 3 minors which I couldn’t have done without Mike. He always made time for me over the weekends and would make sure I was getting the most from my lessons. He’s really enthusiastic and loves his job and especially the end result of someone getting over the line. I couldn’t recommend the Driving Skool enough

David Davies 17th July 2017

Passed my driving test today! Sukh is very good

Daniel Wilkinson 8th September 2017

I passed my test today. I done my lessons with Mike he is such good driving instructor he is friendly and very patient! Would definitely recommend thanks Mike!

Jasmine 6th June 2017

I have passed the test this week. Mike is really a good indicator who gave me many valuable suggestions about driving and living in London. He is very friendly and patient. Many thanks for his help.

Xuhui 21st  May 2017

My Son was finding it very difficult to pass his driving test we had tried 2 other driving schools before we came across the Mike and his team at the driving skool so we bought a block of driving lessons and he passed first time with 6 lessons to spare I would recommend Mike and his team to all my friend and family.

Michael Robinson 18th March 2017

Thanks Julie, I never thought I would pass 1st time! Thanks again for all your help.”

Michelle 15th March 2017

I have just passed my driving test with the driving skool and I am very happy. When I 1st started to drive I was very anxious and nervous. My  instructor helped me to relax and with every lessons my confidence increased. Lee was very patient and friendly and I would recommend him to anyone who wants to start driving

Pete 5th March 2017

Just passed my test and couldn’t have done it without Mike from the driving skool, very friendly and supportive instructor would definitely recommend for other people

James Crawley 8th February 2017

The instructor I had was Lee. He was really friendly, helpful and also very honest with me. He made me feel at ease and was flexible with lessons which was great as I work shifts in London. I passed 1st time in Hornchurch and want to recommend Lee and the driving skool to everyone! Thanks

John 20th January 2017

Thanks to Mike at thedrivingskool for being a great instructor and helping me pass first time. I would highly recommend Mike and his driving skool for professionalism, punctuality and making every lesson enjoyable. Thank you and I will be sending my brother to you in two years and sister in 3!!!!

Henry Maxwell 17th January 2017

My experience of learning to drive has been amazing and this is due to having such a supportive and wonderful driving instructor. Julie has been great and has always helped to work around my shifts and University timetable. I would definitely recommend the Driving Skool to others

Georgia Carty 17th January 2017

A big thank you to mike for helping me pass my driving test first time, couldn’t have done it without him! Would highly recommend him to anyone as he is very patient and is an outgoing driving teacher. Thank you so much mike !!

Katie Mullan 9th December 2016

Ive just passed my test today & there’s no way i could have done it without my instructor Julie White! Ive been doing my lessons with her since march & from my first lesson she put me at ease, shes amazing with anyone with anxiety as she is so calming & doesnt make you feel stupid if you’re nervous or do anything wrong (as she always said to me you cant do anything wrong, you’re learning, its everyone else being stupid! I would highly recommend the driving skool especially if all their instructors are as lovely as Julie! Thank you so much Julie you’re an absolute star!

Jodie Lou Denny 8th December 2016

This service was excellent, Michelle was a good instructor, really insightful. Glad to have selected them

Elliot Dennis 30th November 2016

I would give Michelle a start rating of 10/10 Michelle was very friendly and punctual. She really does want you to pass and has a lot of patience. From day one I really did have a fantastic experience with the driving skool and ended up passing 1st time at Sidcup. Thank you Michelle x

Ali 28th November 2016

Exactly 1 year ago on this day I passed my driving test at first attempt thanks to Mike. He was very professional and always on time. Very precise with his teaching and 2 of my friends also passed first time with him. Strongly recommend Mike and the driving skool. (Sorry Mike, took me a year to write the review but I finally did it xx)

Angie Hansford 27th November 2016

I had an amazing instructor from Chislehurst. Mike taught my sister a few years ago and now just taught me. I passed 1st time today at West Wickham with no driving faults. Mike has to be the best instructor ever and anyone who has him would be very lucky! The service from the driving skool was very good, simple and quick. I would definitely recommend them to anyone learning to drive!!! They were worth the money and time! Am so happy I went with the driving skool! Thank you

Josie 31st October 2016

I have had refresher driving lessons with Michelle and I am pleased to say what a great teacher. She immediately puts you at ease which is what you want when nervous. She has the right approach to driving. I would definitely recommend this driving school, they truly are outstanding.

Julie 30th October 2016

I had a fantastic experience with the driving skool! Michelle was very friendly and supportive, she was always flexible with lessons. She had a great way of putting me at ease and did wonders for my confidence!! Thank you!!

Caroline Delaney 24th October 2016

Just To Say a Massive Thank You For All Your Help Michelle. I Couldn’t Of Done It Without Thanks To You. I don’t think either of us can believe it once again thank you x

Louie McCartney 24th October 2016

Thank you Julie so much for all your help! You constant encouragement and support is what kept me going and persevering with all. I can’t believe I actually did it! Thank you so much Julie with all your understanding with my anxiety too. I couldn’t have gone to a better instructor. I will be recommending you to everyone.

Lisa Youlton 24th October 2016

I just wanted to say as an older learner I couldn’t be happier with my instructor, Michelle! She is fantastic- patient, knowledgeable & funny! She gives me huge confidence & I can’t wait for each lesson. I’ve put it in this message as I can’t put it on social media as I don’t want anyone to know I’m driving till I pass!

Debs (Surname withheld until she passes!) 15th October 2016

Thank you so much Julie. You have been amazing throughout, with my changing of times due to work. Its been a pleasure learning to drive with you. I can’t thank you enough, I have transferred your money over and a little something for you and your family as a thank you (maybe a take away or something as I know you have been under a lot of stress lately) and you still managed to fit me in around all that!  All the best

John Taylor 28th September 2016

Haha! U had to put up with a lot- so thank u so much Mike! Genuinely couldn’t have asked for a better and more fun driving instructor! Thank u so so much! X x

Charlotte Johnson 28th September 2016

Huge thank you to Mike at thedrivingskool.com! A very supportive instructor, always punctual and happy to teach – after a long break from driving I was able to pass my test in no time at all under his tuition! Support a local business and learn with thedrivingskool.com – I would thoroughly recommend them!

Sam Small 7th August 2016

Great driving school, Julie was a brilliant teacher. Very patient, thoughtful teacher and accommodating to my schedule. Doing an intensive course you spend a lot of time in the car with a teacher and it was a pleasure driving with Julie. Many thanks.

Ollie 1st August 2016

I was so pleased with my entire experience with this driving school, my instructor Julie was amazing and always did everything she could to put me at ease and help me through my entire learning experience. This driving school was incredibly supportive and gave me a lot of resources and guidance. The instructors are also flexible and managed to always do their best to fit in my lessons at a time that suited me. Overall, this is such a friendly and amazing school that I would recommend to anyone. Thank you so much for everything Julie!

Sophie Peters 15th July 2016

the driving school is excellent! Really good instructors I was lucky enough to meet a few of them and they were all reassuring and really good instructors, couldn’t have imagined to go anywhere else other than here. I passed my driving test in 2 months due to a really good Instructor, Mike, he really helped me to be able to get my license and was always reliable and always putting me first.

Dylan Hancock 09th July 2016

I cannot thank Michelle enough! She was extremely reliable and had a great deal of patience. I also really enjoyed our lessons. Would highly recommend Michelle and the driving skool

Julie 4th Feb 2016

Thank you Lee who helped me pass my driving 1st time on Thursday. Lee is really good value and makes learning to drive fun He was always punctual and reliable. If  you want to learn to drive the driving skool and Lee Moughton is the place to go! Thank you!

Mark 12th Feb 2016

Mike’s a 5* guy alright – enthusiastic, professional and really helpful – he and his team of excellent instructors have helped loads of my pupils (intensive courses) and I can only say he runs a brilliant outfit there. This industry (regrettably) contains some disreputable schools, but anyone booking with Mike’s school is on to a winner. They know they will find professionalism, fair play, a great service and friendly instructors who don’t waste time in getting you ready and fully prepared for your driving test. It’s truly a pleasure to know Mike!

Kathleen Fletcher  19th June 2016

Well. It’s almost two years since Charlie passed his test first time with Mike Jack as his instructor. He enjoyed his lessons, Mike was always patient, amusing and obviously good at teaching! Mike accommodated us, starting and finishing lessons at home so Charlie could use his own car and Mike tailored the length of lesson accordingly. Brilliant service all round!

In December 2015 Tom passed his test with only one minor error, praise goes again to the driving skool and Julie his instructor. Tom got off to a bad start with another instructor from another company, who was pompous and undermined Tom’s confidence. Julie set him straight the lessons were fun and he hasn’t looked back since…..(well hopefully he has, the blind spot and mirrors of course). Two months on and an extra 4000 miles on the clock, with a 70 mile trip to Bognor the afternoon after of his test, I think that is confidence for you!

Don’t use anyone else!

Janet Leaver 8th Feb 2016

Michelle was patient, personable and a big confident booster. I passed with her after only a few weeks after a long break from lessons and I would highly recommend her to those in the same position as she is very encouraging and motivating!

Melanie Bevan 21st June 2016

After being desperate to drive since I was child, I started driving lessons with Mike as soon as I hit my 17th birthday, and didn’t look back! As a person who is always in a rush and is quite stubborn at times, it was important to have a calm instructor who explained things well. That’s the experience I had with the driving skool. For anyone who is looking for a reliable driving instructor (who can also make learning fun) I would highly recommend Mike and his team.

Sara Bodbin 17th April 2016

I was such a nervous wreck in the tests previously, but Michelle gave me confidence and I passed after a few lessons with her! I cannot recommend Michelle and the Driving Skool enough!

Jade Leech 27th Feb 2016

Want to learn to drive? Lee is the instructor for you! He really helped me all the way along from passing my theory, to passing my driving test 1st time! Hes a real diamond!

Kevin 20th Feb 2016

I am so happy as I passed my driving test 1st time this morning! Couldn’t have done it without Julie! She was absolutely brilliant and I loved all my driving lessons Thank you so Much! If you are looking for a patient and friendly instructor Julie is the one! xxx

Georgia 5th Jan 2016

I couldn’t have asked for more. I absolutely loved learning to drive with the driving skool. My driving instructor Mike couldn’t have made me feel any more comfortable and confident in my own abilities, ending in a first time pass with 2 minors I would highly recommend anyone and everyone to learn with this driving school Thank you!

Chris 3rd Jan 2016

Thank you so much to Mike who helped me pass my driving test 1st time at West Wickham this week. Mike has a huge amount of patience (which believe me, he needed!) I was VERY nervous in the beginning but Mike made learning to drive fun and exciting. I actually couldn’t wait for my next lesson! Looking forward to doing Pass Plus in the next few weeks. I would highly recommend Mike and the driving skool

Phil T 26th March 2016

I came to the driving skool to achieve my goal of gaining a manual driving licence within one month. I had a brilliant driving instructor called Michelle and from the start we hit the ground running. Within 2 weeks of starting and doing roughly 40 hours I passed 1st time! Thank you so much Michelle and the driving skool.com

Ashley 15th Feb 2016

Mike was brilliant! Friendly, fun, knowledgeable and very patient. I passed my driving test today first attempt and only had one minor fault, all thanks to the good teaching lessons and patience from Mike, whom I highly recommend. Few months ago I was looking for a good driving school to get some driving lessons. The great service started from the 1st phone call when I was enquiring about driving lessons from Alison and received a prompt phone text message on the same day from Mike about my enquiry. Mike helped me to pass my theory test and helped me progress so much faster than i thought i would, he really knew the ins and outs of the test route and i could not have been better prepared when the day came! I am glad I chose the Driving Skool to help me with my lessons. Thank you so much!

Thai Ching Chong 25th August 2015

Being Confident is key and that’s what Mike and the team make you feel. Passed my test first time and I never doubted I would. So comfortable thanks to the personal approach from the instructors. Wish I could learn all over again- I had a ball!!

Alex White 12th Jan 2015

So happy I passed, thank you Mike. Really recommend this driving school.

Jessica Roberts 28th March 2015

Passed first time after 15 or so hours! Great driving instructors! Would recommend to everyone!

Shane Dunphy 10th April 2015

“Thank you so much to Julie who helped get me ready to pass my test, which was no easy challenge! Julie, you are more than just a wonderful instructor but a great friend. You were always thinking of ways to help me learn and get past the things I had difficulty with, I never expected to pass first time but you kept me so calm! I will miss our laughs and silly way of understanding each other even when we’re talking gibberish! Thank goodness they sent me you x”

Sophie  13th August 2015

After being off the road for 6+ years I was extremely nervous – however after having a refresher lesson with Mike I feel completely ready to start driving again. Mike was really friendly and made me feel at ease the minute I got in the car, making sure I was completely comfortable before we set off and I felt relaxed the whole time we were in the car. I’d definitely recommend Mike and the driving skool!

Kat Wootten 15th July 2015

I passed in 2012 but it never occurred to me to write a review for the Driving Skool. I must say that Mike was a fantastic instructor! Always very calm and patient and thoroughly explained everything – whether that was to do with rules of the road, what to expect in the actual test etc. Can’t imagine another company I would have learnt with. Plus learning in a Mini is pretty cool if you get the option. When I get old I’ll be going back to them for refresher lessons! 100% recommend.

Sarah 3rd June 2015

I can’t rate the driving skool.com highly enough! The great service started from the 1st phone call when I was enquiring about driving lessons to when I passed my driving test 1st time. Mike even helped me with my theory which I also passed 1st time. Mike made my lessons fun and interesting and we always had a laugh!! Loved driving the Mini as well! Highly recommend these guys!!

Tommy 22nd May 2015

Mike taught our daughter, Sara to drive and within a very short period she was good enough to take and pass her test. We found Mike very engaging and his relaxed Kiwi manner helped in getting his points through to a typical teeanger who knows it all!! We recommended Mike to our friends and the same successful story was replicated. No qualms about recommending Mike and his team at the Driving Skool.

Sia 22nd May 2015

Mike has the ability to coach and develop his students in a fun learning environment. His relaxed nature instals an element of confidence which resulted in me passing my test first time with only two minors. I found his services cost effective against the market rate and extremely punctual. I would thoroughly recommend Mikes services to anyone who is looking to learn to drive.

Jack White 2nd January 2014

Great instructors and passed first time!

Ellyse Hancock 21st October 2014

Big thank you so much to Scott highly recommend him get instructor thanks again hun ur d best xx

Alice O’Toole 27th Feb 2014

Passed my driving test today at Sidcup on my first attempt. My instructor Julie and I had great fun over the last 3 months and I am now looking forward to doing my pass plus! Great company and highly recommend!

James Watson 13th March 2014

Excellent Driving Instructor . Extremely easy to get along with Naz was very patient, explained everything properly and I never had any problems at all. It was a busy week but worth it as I passed 1st time!

Ahmed 20th Feb 2014

Amy & Lucy Arter passed first time. Top driving school would recommend. Top Bloke Mike !

Les Arter 1st November 2014

Excellent Driving Instructor! Very reliable and easy to get along with. If you are learning to drive and want some patient and understanding Lee is the Driving Instructor for you!

Edward Williams 28 November 2014

Thank you to Mike @ the driving skool who had a huge amount of patience and was very flexiable with when I could do lessons. Couldn’t have done it without you! Cheers.

George Wilson 4th April 2013

Mike initially taught my first daughter to drive. After her experience my second daughter was very keen to have Mike teach her as well. Both found their lessons to be fun and relaxed as well as teaching them what they needed to pass their tests at 17 years old. I have recommended Mike to others and will continue to do so.

Ken 23rd May 2013

I started learning to drive with Mike in August this year. Mike’s friendly and relaxed approach has helped me to gain more confidence in myself and in my driving ability. Mike’s attitude will, I’m sure, help me to pass my test first time. He makes a driving lesson much more enjoyable than those that I have had in the past, and that for me is the key to get me to my end goal.  As an instructor, Mike has the ability to create a relationship that is built on trust, and that will ultimately give you the skills/confidence you need to feel safe on the road. I would have no hesitation in recommending Mike’s services to friends/family

Ann-Marie 16th October 2013

I recently passed my driving test at the first attempt following lessons with Mike at the Driving Skool. I really enjoyed the lessons – Mike was a great teacher and really made the process fun. I would highly recommend the Driving Skool for anyone wanting to learn – in fact my girlfriend is just about to start lessons with them!

Paul Walter 22nd Sept 2012

Great Birthday present. I really learned a lot. Lee made it really relaxed and fun. Can’t wait to turn 17 and get on the road!”

Dan  18th October 2012

Julie has the patience of a saint! I really enjoyed learning with. She was very flexible with her lessons and I couldn’t have passed my driving test 1st time without her. Would highly recommend

Beth 20th May 2012

I recently passed my test after tuition from Mike at the driving skool. Mike was an excellent and accommodating teacher who managed to work around my family commitments. I enjoyed the lessons and would recommend Mike and the driving skool to any new learner. Also, driving the Mini was really fun!

Karolina Witek 14th November 2012

Mike was an excellent driving instructor – patient, thorough and enthusiastic. I looked forward to my lessons since Mike made them fun, and this meant I learned fast. I passed the test with ease, a testament to Mike’s great method.

Warwick Allchorn 6th October 2012

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Driving test pass rates continue to rise in the UK with 2013/14 recording the highest level of test passes for seven years, according to Department for Transport (DfT) figures. In total, 47.1 per cent of learner drivers taking their driving test passed, although the total number of tests actually conducted is falling.

The drop off in driving tests taken might be because learning to drive is an expensive business. Those who are determined to learn to drive are under growing pressure to pass first time and as soon as possible to avoid the cost of extra lessons and another test.

So what are your chances of passing your driving test? We’ve analysed the data to find out who, where and when has the best driving test pass rates, plus how much you should expect to pay to get your full driving licence.

How much will learning to drive and passing the test cost?

Prospective motorists have to shell out £50 just to get their provisional licence these days, but that’s just the start.

Driving lessons cost on average £24 per hour and the Driving and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) reckons the average number of lessons you’ll need to pass is 47.

The theory test will set you back £23, while the practical car test costs £62 (£75 weekend & Bank holidays) 

Add all this together and drivers are forking out more than £1,250 for the privilege of getting behind the wheel.

Where is best to take my practical driving test?

It’s all about location and according to the figures the more rural the better for your chances in the practical driving test. Remote locations in Scotland are your best bet with Gairloch – a small village in the Scottish Highlands – returning a driving test pass rate of 93.8 per cent with just one of the 16 people taking a test last year failing.

Clearly, travelling to remote parts of Scotland isn’t practical so where else is best? Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria has the highest pass rate outside of Scotland – 65.5 percent – followed by Whitby, North Yorkshire – 65.4 per cent.

The test centre where you’re least likely to pass is Belvedere, London where almost 70 per cent go home empty handed. Last year that accounted for 1,131 drivers needing to resit the test.

Is the theory part easier than the practical?

The theory test pass rate has fallen dramatically over the past few years as the DVSA has tightened up on revision guides and questioning. Back in 2007, nearly two-thirds of drivers passed the theory test, but now that’s down to 51 per cent.

That’s better than the practical driving test pass rate, but not significantly. The theory test is certainly less unpredictable than the practical exam, but still requires a degree of practice, both in memorising the relevant signage and learning the Highway Code rules. Then there’s the challenge of applying your road safety knowledge in the recently revamped hazard perception test.

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Are men or women better at passing the driving test?

Women are better at passing the theory test while men are better at the practical according to DfT annual figures. For the past six years there’s been a six percentage point difference between men and women passing the theory test, although numbers for both genders are falling. Last year, 54 per cent of women passed while only 48 per cent of men did so.

This is flipped for the practical exam with the gap, surprisingly, the same. 50 per cent of men passed their test in 2013/14 while just 44 per cent of women did. The split of men and women taking the test was around 50-50 for both the practical and theory tests.

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Young Drivers are more likely to use their mobile phones while driving than older motorists, a survey suggests.

The poll for driving safety charity Brake found 49% of 17-24 year olds had been in work calls while on the road, compared with 17% for all age groups.

About 35% of young people said they had spoken to family, and 21% with friends – compared with 23% and 15% overall.

Brake asked about hand-held and hands-free calls. They are both a distraction “risking devastating crashes”, it said.

“It is a sobering thought that a significant number of these life-threatening distractions come from drivers’ own friends and family,” said Julie Townsend from the charity.

The survey questioned 1,000 drivers from across the UK on whether they had spoken on the phone while driving, hand-held or hands-free, in the last 12 months. If so, they were asked who they were talking to.

Using a hand-held phone while driving was made illegal in 2003. Using a hands-free kit is allowed but a driver can still be stopped if police believe they are being distracted.

Brake says that making calls hands-free is still a cause of distraction and are campaigning for it be banned.

The charity is advising drivers to put their phones on silent while driving, with their phone away from them. The safest way to make a call is to stop, they say.

According to an observational study by the Department for Transport last October, motorists who use phones are more likely to be texting or using social media than making calls.

Brake has also warned about the dangers of being tired while driving, saying that it is wise to break for at least 15 minutes every two hours.

When asked how often they driven for more than two hours without a break in the last 12 months, 8% said weekly or more, 16% once a month and 29% once a year.

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Grant Ferguson has become one of the first people to pass a new-style UK driving test, that includes following directions on a sat-nav.

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The revised test has been on trial in 20 locations across the UK since April.

Mr Ferguson, who’s 17, took his test at the Bishopbriggs driving centre in East Dunbartonshire, Scotland.

Among other more standard manoeuvres, he had to follow a route on a sat-nav for 20 minutes.

The changes are designed to “better reflect real driving”, explained a spokesman for the DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency).

“Any future changes to the test would be subject to full public consultation,” he added.

Other changes being tested include:

  • replacing reversing round a corner with reversing out of a parking space
  • pulling up on the right before rejoining the flow of traffic
  • requiring candidates to show how they would operate the rear-heated screen or other vehicle safety features while driving

The DVSA hopes to complete 1,000 of the new tests, which will continue until early 2016.

So far, around 20 people have taken the new test.

Driving instructor Drew Nicol, who taught Mr Ferguson, thinks the update is a good idea.

“Lots of people have criticised the idea of using sat-navs but people are going to use them when they drive so it makes sense that we teach them to use them properly,” he told the BBC.

“I teach learners to listen to it rather than look at it or glance at it only when it is safe to do so.”

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How many driving lessons on average do you need to take before you can pass? What’s the average number of lessons people take before they take their driving test?

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Chances are, these are questions you’ve been asking yourself and others.

We’re here to tell you the answer is ‘does not matter’.

That’s right. It does not matter what the average number of lessons is, because you are not an average person. You are unique with unique skills and unique needs.

You probably have noticed when asking around for the number of average lessons you’ll get all sorts of ridiculous numbers. We’ve even heard people claiming they only needed 10 lessons to pass their driving test!

Let’s pretend for a second that they’re telling the truth (they’re not). They passed after 10 lessons (they didn’t). So what?

What has somebody else’s ability (or imagination) got to do with you?

Even still, we have a problem with the question. In fact, any decent driving instructor should whince if you ask them how many lessons you need before you can pass your test.

The reason is simple. Do you want to simply pass your test, or do you want to be a safe and confident driver?

Every year hundreds of new drivers die on the road. Imagine how much smaller the figure would be if all of those drivers had the desire to become safe drivers, rather than to just scrape a pass for their driving test with the minimum amount of lessons?

Think about it for a second. Do you want to sacrifice your life (and other people’s) for the sake of shaving off a few hours and saving £100?

There is a myth out there that driving instructors want to stretch out the number of lessons as much as possible. That if they could they’d make you have to take 100 lessons before you could take your test.

This is just untrue.

Every driving instructor has a responsibility to you. They would rather be accused of stretching out lessons than be the one who rushed through 20 lessons for a young person to pass their test only to die in a car crash months later.

That is why we’re not going to tell you what the average number of lessons it takes to pass. We don’t want to add to the idea that the point of driving lessons is to learn the bare minimum in the minimal amount of time to squeeze through a pass.

It will take you as long as it will and as many lessons as it will to be a safe and confident driver.

Remember, your safety is worth far more than any amount of money you think you’ll be saving by rushing things.

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A HUGE well done and congratulations to the following guys and girls who worked really hard with their driving lessons and have successfully passed their driving test and now have FULL licences!

Thank you for choosing us and be safe!

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1. 6/1/2015. 1st pass of 2015. Well done Molly Webb who passed her driving test first time today @ the test centre in Brentwood. Lee :)

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 2. 19/1/2015.  Well done Conner who passed his driving test @ Hornchurch Driving Test Centre. Lee

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 3. 19/1/2015.  Well done Nina Collins who passed her driving test at the driving test centre in Horchurch. Great result! Lee

 

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4. 20/1/2015. Congratulations Harry Moughton who passed his practical driving test at the driving test centre in Hornchurc. Lee

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5. 20/1/2015. A very happy smile! Well done Hanrietta Woodward who passed her driving test at Hornchurch driving test centre with only 2 minors! Lee :)

6. 28/1/2015. Congratulations to Louis Virk who passed today at Erith, a well deserved pass, you worked so hard for it. Julie

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7. 29/1/2015.  Congratulations to Gary Selby who passed his driving test at the driving test centre in Sidcup! Have your jaws stopped aching yet? Julie :)

8. 6/2/2015.  A massive congratulations to Robert Moore who passed 1st time today at Hither Green. Keep safe and I hope I haven’t passed my germs on to you. See you in 3 years for your instructor training. Julie

9.  7/2/2015. well done Giedre Gurske who passed her driving test at Hornchurch test centre with the one and only Lee. Congratulations!

10.  23/2/2015. well done Oliver Iazarevic who passed his practical driving test 1st time today at Hornchurch. Lee

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11. 23/2/2015. Many congratulations to Sam Hicks who passed in Sidcup today. Glad all the hard work paid off for you Sam, be safe out there. David

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12. 5/3/2015.  Well done to Claire Copper who passed her practical driving test today! Be safe! Julie

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13. 9/3/2015. Great result Eiric who passed his driving test today at the driving test centre in West Wickham! Mike

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14. 18/3/2015. Well done Rebecca who passed her driving test today @ Hornchurch! Lee

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15. 18/3/2015.  And another one! Great result Charlotte who passed her driving test at Hornchurch driving test centre. Lee

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16. 20/3/2015. Congratulations Cloe who passed her driving test at West Wickham this afternoon! Mike

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17. 20/3/2015. Excellent result Jessie who passed 1st time her driving test 1st time today! Julie

18. 23/3/2015. Another one for Lee! Well done Jake who passed his driving test today!

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19. 28/3/2015! Congratulations Jessica for passing your test today at West Wickham! Be safe Mike

20. 10/4/2015. Good work Shane on passing your driving test today! Julie

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21. 17/4/2015. Well done Niamh for passing your practical driving test today! Julie

22. 23/4/2015. Keep them coming Julie! Well done Abbey who passed her driving test today!

23. 25/4/2015. Well done Brad who passed today at the Hornchurch test centre. Lee

24. 25/4/2015. And they keep on comming! Great result Grace who passed today @ the Hornchurch test centre! Lee

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25.  28/4/2015. Congratulations Heidi who passed her driving test today! Julie

26. 6/5/2015. Great stuff Luke who passed her driving test today at Hornchurch! Lee

27.  8/5/2015. Congraulations Simon who passed his driving test today!  Julie

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28. 11/5/2015. Go Julie! Congratulations Charlie who passed today!

29. 12/5/2015. Well done Ryan for passing your driving test today! Lee

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30.  12/5/2015. Keep them rolling in Julie! Well done Harj who passed his practical driving test this morning!

31. 13/5/2015. A huge well done Alisha who has passed her driving test! Lee

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32.  21/5/2015. Congratulations Kerrie for passing your driving test!  Julie

33.  21/5/2015. Well done Lisa, another one of Lees driving test passes this month & year!!

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34. 27/5/2015. Well done Jade! Another 1st time pass at West Wickham driving test centre :) Mike

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35. 4/6/2015. Congratulations to Carley Godfrey who passed her driving test today at the Erith driving test centre. Keep safe! Julie

36. 27/6/2015. Congratulations Claudia Meister who passed her practical driving test with the one and only Lee @ the driving test centre in Hornchurch

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37. 7/7/2015. Well done Neringa Orhlin passed today at Hornchurch 1st attempt with 6 minors! Boom! Lee

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38. 21/7/2015. A great big congratulations to Hannah Foley who passed today. Great result! Julie

 

39. 30/7/2015. Congratulations to Lee Porter who passed @ the Hornchurch Test Centre with only 3 minors. Lee

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40. 30/7/2015 Well done to Lydia Woolward who passed her driving test @ Hornchurch driving test centre with the one and only Lee

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41. 31/7/2015.  Congratulations Nelia Smagina who passed her driving test @ Chingford driving test centre. Lee :)

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42. 10/8/2015. Congratulations to Sharondeep Malhi who passed today, keep safe and look forward to seeing you on the road :) Julie

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43. 13/8/2015. Congratulations Conner Butler who passed his driving test today @ the Hornchurch driving test centre with only 3 minors. Lee

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44. 24/8/2015.  Well done Rose who passed her driving test on a very wet Monday morning @ the West Wickham Driving Test centre. Mike

45. 25/8/2015. Congratulations to Ching who passed her driving test today! A fantastic result with only 1 minor! It was a pleasure teaching you! Be safe! Mike

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46. 26/8/2015. Congratulations to Sam Kang who passed today, you worked so hard to get there and I’m so glad you chose me to be your instructor. See you for your Pass Plus, don’t forget your cushion :)  Julie

47. 28/8/2015. A great big congratulations to Matthew Clough after completing one of our intensive courses passed first time today and with only 2 driving faults. Now you can drive Lauren to give birth in October. See you for that Pass Plus soon. I’m going to miss our lunchtimes together Julie

48. 8/9/2015. Congratulations Rob who passed his practical Driving Test @ West Wickham driving test centre today. Michelle

49. 10/9/2015. One happy customer! Well done Chelsea Harrison who passed her driving test 1st time the driving test centre in Hornchurch. Lee

50. 17/9/2015. Congratulations Reann who passed her driving test FIRST! Yes, 1st time today in Hornchurch. Be safe Lee

51. 21/9/2015. Congratulations to Joe Watkins who passed today. A really well deserved pass you worked hard for your licence. Julie.

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52. 22/9/2015. congratulations to Jack Booth who passed his driving test with only 3 minors @ the driving test centre in Hornchurch

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53. 2/10/2015. An another one for Lee! Well done Kieran Fortt who passed his driving test with only 3 minors at the Hornchurch driving test centre

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54. 2/10/2015. They keep on coming! 28 passes for Lee YTD! Congratulations Andrew Parsons who passed his driving test 1st time, again at the driving tets centre in Hornchurch,

55. 5/10/2015.  No 29 for Lee :) Well done George Delaney who passed his driving test 1st time with only 4 minors at the driving test centre in Hornchurch :)

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56. 8/10/2015 Shall we count this one? New Zealands, Christchurch’s, NO1 driving skool, 1st pass! Congratulations Erica from Burwood who passed her driving test today!

57. 31/10/2015. Congratulations to Gavin May who passed today at Erith see you for your pass plus. Julie

58. 21/11/2015. Congratulations to Gareth Berry for passing at Mitcham driving test centre on a cold and frosty morning. Michelle

 

59. 26/11/2015. Well done Angie who passed her driving test in West Wickham 1st time this afternoon! Be safe. Mike

 

 

60. 7/12/2015. Congratulations to Keith Nkiya who passed today, just in time for your wedding and trip to Zimbabwe, keep safe Julie

61. 13/12/2015. Congratulations to Liam George Norman who passed his driving test @the driving test centre in Hornchurch today. Lee

 

62.  14/12/2015. Christmas has come early for Chloe from Chislehurst this morning who passed her driving test 1st time today! Well done and Merry Christmas! Michelle

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63. 15/12/2015.  Another one for Michelle! Congratulations to Akman on passing his driving test first time at Hither Green test centre today.

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64. 18/12/2015. Congratulations to Liam Pearce who his driving test passed today @ the driving test centre in Erith. Keep safe and see you for your pass plus. Julie

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65.  21/12/2015. Happy Christmas to Jade who passed her driving test today at West Wickham. Be safe! Michelle

Putting a black box into your car could save you a substantial amount of money on your premiums. We describe the six types of drivers who would benefit from the device

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Black box insurance, where premiums are based on your driving behaviour, is popular among young drivers trying to reduce the cost of cover, but motorists of other ages can also benefit.

This type of insurance is otherwise known as “telematics” cover, and involves a black box being professionally installed in your car. The box monitors how and when you drive and relays this information back to the insurer, which then calculates your premiums based on the data it has received.

Here are six types of driver who could benefit from having black box cover:

Young drivers

Young drivers aged between the ages of 17-24 are statistically the most likely to be involved in a car accident, which means premiums can be sky-high. According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI) drivers in this age group are three times more likely than drivers of other ages to be responsible for “catastrophic claims”.

Back box insurance enables insurers to tailor premiums to suit each individual based on their driving habits, rather than relying on statistics alone to determine the cost of their cover. So provided young drivers can demonstrate they are responsible motorists, premiums will be lower than they would be if they opted for conventional cover.

New drivers

If you’ve only recently passed your driving test, and therefore have limited experience on the roads, you will also be considered high risk by insurers, regardless of your age. Telematics insurance could help you pay cheaper premiums as premiums will be based on how and when you drive, so the safer you are, the lower your premiums will be.

Low mileage drivers

If you only drive a few miles every so often, it doesn’t make sense to pay the same insurance premiums as someone who drives 10,000 miles or more every year. Many black box policies allow you to choose exactly how many miles you’ll drive, and use this information to help work out your premium. If you don’t exceed this number, then you won’t have to pay any extra.

A spokesman for black box insurer Insurethebox said: “For those drivers who need to travel further, top up miles are available in bundles of 250, 500, 1,000 or 2,000 miles.”

Similarly, Coverbox’s “pay as you drive” scheme, also allows you to buy more miles if you underestimate your annual mileage.

Careful drivers

If you pride yourself on being a particularly safe driver, black box insurance could potentially reward you with lower premiums. For example, with black box cover from Ingenie, every three months your policy is reviews and a discount is applied if you’re driving well. Ingenie claims that 70pc of its customers have received a good driving discount.

The AA’s Drivesafe policy assesses how you anticipate traffic and follow the landscape, so the better you drive, the lower your premiums will be.

Slow drivers

Black box insurance is not for boy racers. You don’t have to crawl along the roads, but you must always stick within speed limits. Remember that speed can be assessed in other ways too. For example, if you take corners too sharply and are braking while doing so, this could work against you if you have a black box installed. Similarly, you’ll need to take care not to accelerate too fast away from traffic lights or to brake hard when you see a traffic jam in front of you.

Daytime drivers

Driving late at night or in the small hours is considered much riskier than driving during the daytime. This means drivers with black box insurance are likely to see premiums rise if they regularly drive at night, while some such as iKube and Co-op, have curfews so that if you drive late at night you could be fined or see premiums rise. If you tend only to drive during the day, then black box cover could be for you as you will be rewarded for driving during “low risk” periods.